Many apologies for the long delay in writing a post. The Lord has so graciously provided so many opportunities to serve lately! We are humbled… grateful… and busy. He is giving many opportunities to show love.
For my Eloise loving comes naturally.
I am learning much from her.
Our family is serving together…
We are united. We are expecting the impossible.
What seems impossible to some… well, it becomes the norm for others! I’ve witnessed this repeatedly over the last 20 years!
In the picture below, there’s a man on a motorcycle with a large ladder strapped to his back. It may surprise you, but this is a common sight here.
They have the thinking… “There is always a way.”
I’m adopting that mindset!
If our brains are convinced that there is no solution to a problem, they literally don’t even try. They give up. They shut down on the issue. They refuse to try to find an answer.
I remember hearing the expression as a kid, “’Can’t’ never could!” It’s true.
This is a picture of a structure that Pastor Roberto has built. He senses that the Lord told him to build it… to prepare for more. His congregation is small, but he’s going for what he senses the Lord is inviting him to do. Maybe crazy is the new normal? Not sure, but I like the faith and hope.
I want my new normal to be what formerly appeared impossible, unfeasible and illogical. I want this to be the case in the way I love, in the way the supernatural works through my family, in the way cycles are broken here, in the way we see revival broken out… in the way we see employment rates sky rocket!
A few important thoughts…
One, I’ve been dreaming too small in some ways. Don’t get me wrong, the whole, “Create 100 jobs,” was not a small dream. I actually didn’t realize Kelly was going to share it on the blog! I normally like to calculate and plan a dream before I communicate it. Probably… a fear of failure… then it’s not so much of a “dream” as a highly calculated plan.
However, I was reminded… those who succeed most will fail most. Those who are the most successful will attempt to do great things (with inherent risks), and ultimately will have a greater list of “failures” for those staying in safety. We’ve all heard of how many “attempts” it took to create the light bulb.
As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
The Lord is providing many new ideas and possible partnerships. We are in dialogue with quite a few individuals… both missions organizations here in Costa Rica as well as friends with business ideas. These are ministries that value Jesus, education, equipping and employment…
This young man is sharing how the Lord healed his body while Pastor Eric (on left) translates.
In the picture below are two dear friends of mine that deeply love the Lord. They are powerful for the Kingdom. The one far away is a pastor in a very marginalized village. The other is a dear friend (and businessman). We are partnering in advancing the gospel here.
So grateful for these conversations and friendships.
The possibilities are brimming with hope and excitement.
We are still aware of the ugly things that are trying to sneak in…
Been reminded lately… God is never late. He’s always right on time. But, sometimes He and I have different ideas of what “perfect timing” might be.
Costa Rica culture has taught me many things… one near and dear to my heart is…
Life may have it’s hardships, solutions may appear non-existent…
But there is always a way because impossibility is never an option.